After Chinese fighter jets recently violated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, a Chinese regime-run newspaper this week warned that war between China and Taiwan’s supporters, such as the United States, could break out at any time.
The Global Times wrote: “The separatist forces on the island will never be allowed to secede from China under any name or by any means, and the island will not be allowed to act as an outpost in the U.S. containment strategy.”
These statements were made public by the Global Times after a recent series of provocative actions by the CCP against Taiwan.
On Oct. 4, the CCP dispatched 56 fighter jets to harass Taiwan’s military. Then, for four days straight, Beijing harassed Taiwan, sending nearly 150 warplanes into Taiwan’s air space buffer zone.
The latest incursion included 34 J-1 fighters and 12 H-6 bombers, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense. In addition, four more Chinese J-16s have appeared to the southwest of Taiwan’s “Air Defense Identification Zone”—a buffer zone outside the island’s airspace.
According to Taiwanese authorities, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) air force has made more than 500 military incursions over the island nation in nine months this year, compared with 380 in 2020. The most recent incursions included day and night sorties by various fighter jets, bombers, and anti-submarine aircraft.
The latest infiltrations came at a sensitive time, according to the media, as Taiwan marked its national holiday on Oct. 10. The CCP also held a provocative public display on Oct. 1, the CCP national day.
Taiwan’s military responded to the latest Chinese flights by sending its fighter jets into the air to monitor, but not confront, the planes. Taiwan also has deployed missile systems to track them.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen quickly wrote an article in Foreign Affairs on Oct. 5, warning the world about the dangers of the CCP and the necessity of defending Taiwan. “It will signal that in today’s global competition of values, authoritarianism prevails over democracy,” she wrote.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry also thanked the United States for its “strong remarks” to help Taiwan, adding that the authorities in Beijing were increasing tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.
United State response
State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “The United States is deeply concerned about the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, and poses a significant risk of miscalculation and undermine the peace and stability of the region.”
The United States has an unwavering interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining an “adequate self-defense capability,” the statement said. The United States, the island’s largest arms supplier, is obligated to provide weapons for the island’s self-defense under the Taiwan Relations Act.
The United States’ commitment to Taiwan is firm and contributes to maintaining peace and stability in the region’s Taiwan Strait.
The truth behind CCP’s provocation
Many times, the CCP has pressured Taiwan to distract public opinion, causing the media to focus on Taiwan. Former CCP Chairman Mao Zedong often used this method.
In the book “Private Life of Mao Zedong,” Mao said that it is necessary to look to the outside world to create chaos whenever it wants to stabilize within China or the CCP.
Mao Zedong never intended to invade Taiwan. It would make him lose his means of internal stability in his wars against his “comrades,” (Peng Dehuai, Liou Shawchyi, Deng Xiaoping, Lam Biao, Chu Teh, etc.).
In 1958, Mao decided to bombard Taiwan’s two islands of Kinmen and Mazu for weeks. To show that he did not need to listen to the orders of Khrushchev—General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Khruschev did not want China to attack Taiwan so that the Soviet Union could improve peaceful relations with the U.S.
In “The Private Life of Mao Zedong,” Mao said: “America can go crazy and throw an atomic bomb on Fujian, and there will be ten or twenty million deaths …” well, Mao doesn’t care.
Deng Xiaoping, during the border war with Vietnam in 1979, also took similar actions. The Chinese army provoked aggression in the provinces near the Vietnam-China border and then withdrew.
Behind this aggression is the CCP’s political struggle. Deng Xiaoping, at that time, wanted to concentrate military power in his hands, thereby having enough energy to overthrow Hua Guofeng—Chairman of the CCP and successor of Mao Zedong.
The CCP needs space to stabilize within the CCP, which has been fighting fiercely lately.
1: Evergrande wobbles—China’s economic collapse disaster
Xu Jiayin’s Evergrande real estate group was involved in a financial scandal that made the group’s debt amount to $305 billion. Of most concern to the outside world is whether the CCP will save Evergrande to prevent a catastrophic economic collapse.
Evergrande is again related to the internal struggle of Jiang Zemin and Xi Jinping. The outside world discovered that behind the success of Evergrande was the support of Jiang Zemin’s faction.
2: Meng Wanzhou
The return of Ms. Meng Wanzhou—the chief financial officer of telecommunications group Huawei—is related to sky-rocketing plans in Chinese politics.
The United States released Meng after obtaining her signature to plead guilty to carrying out a scheme to defraud global financial institutions, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice on Sept. 26.
Mr. Xi personally handled Meng’s case and welcomed her back, thus controlling Ren Zhengfei, the founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, and his daughter Meng Wanzhou. His purpose was to fight the Jiang Zemin faction that controls Huawei.